Potato Soup

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This easy Potato Soup recipe is truly the best!  It’s quick and easy to make on the stovetop, it’s nice and creamy (without using heavy cream), and it’s always so cozy and comforting and delicious.

The BEST Potato Soup Recipe

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This easy potato soup recipe has been my tried-and-true, back-pocket, all-time-favorite for over a decade now.  It’s perfectly rich and creamy (without using heavy cream), it’s full of flavor (because bland potato soup is the worst), it’s easy to adapt to be vegetarian and/or gluten-free (see below), and it is always, always a crowd fave.  I promise it won’t let you down.

Let’s make some potato soup!

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Potato Soup Ingredients:

To make this easy potato soup recipe, you will need:

  • Bacon: I recommend using center-cut bacon here, to keep it a bit more lean.  But any kind of bacon you love will do.  We will also use its leftover grease (or butter, if you prefer) to sauté the veggies for extra flavor.  That said, if you would like to make this soup vegetarian, see my recommendations below for a delicious meatless version.
  • Veggies: Onion and garlic.
  • Flour: We will use flour to make a roux to thicken the soup.  Or if you would like a lighter soup, you can skip this step and just puree part of the soup to thicken it.  (See tips below.)
  • Chicken stock and milk: These will form the broth of our soup.  Feel free to use chicken or veggie stock, and then whatever kind of milk you prefer (I used 2% cow’s milk).
  • Potatoes: I highly recommend making this soup with buttery Yukon gold potatoes.  But russets or red potatoes would also do.
  • Cheese: I recommend a good sharp cheddar cheese here for maximum flavor.
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream: To make the soup extra-creamy.
  • Salt and pepper: Add in as much as you need at the end to season your soup well.

And finally…toppings!  I’m a big believer that the more, the merrier when it comes to toppings and potato soup.  Some classic options could include

  • Extra bacon, extra shredded cheese, thinly-sliced green onions or chives, sour cream, fresh thyme, sprinkle of Cajun seasoning

The BEST Potato Soup

How To Make Potato Soup:

To make this potato soup recipe, simply:

  1. Cook the bacon.  Dice and then sauté it in a large stockpot until it’s nice and crispy.  Then transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, and reserve a few tablespoons of leftover grease in the stockpot (discarding the rest.)
  2. Sauté the veggies. Sauté the onion and garlic in the bacon grease until softened.  Then stir in some flour, to create your roux.
  3. Add broth and potatoes.  Then add the stock, milk and potatoes.  Cook until the potatoes until softened, being sure to stir the soup regularly so that the bottom does not burn.
  4. Add remaining ingredients.  Then stir in the cheese, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), and crispy bacon bits.  Taste and season the soup with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve warm.  Then serve it up, loaded up with all of your favorite toppings!

Homemade Potato Soup with Bacon and Cheddar

Possible Variations:

Guys, there are so many ways to customize this soup!  Some possibilities could include:

  • Make it vegetarian: Nix the bacon.  And in its place, add in 2-3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning for a bit of extra flavor.  (Plus, use butter or olive oil in place of the bacon grease.)
  • Make it gluten-free: You could either:
    • omit the flour, and instead, whisk a tablespoon of cornstarch into the cold milk and then add it to the soup
    • don’t worry about cornstarch/flour at all, and instead, puree half of the soup to thicken it
  • Lighten it up: Feel free to:
    • omit the flour and 2 tablespoons of grease/butter, and instead, puree half of the soup to thicken it
    • use skim milk
    • use turkey bacon (although you may need to add in a little extra olive oil or butter to sauté the veggies)
  • Add in extra seasoning: If you would like to give your soup an extra twist, feel free to add in 1 tablespoon:
  • Use a mix of potatoes: For something different, feel free to use a mix of Yukon gold potatoes and sweet potatoes, for more of a sweet and savory blend of flavors
  • Add in some extra veggies: If you’d like to load this up with extra veggies, feel free to toss in a handful of chopped cauliflower and/or broccoli along with the potatoes.  They work well with this recipe too!

Loaded Homemade Potato Soup Recipe

What To Serve With Potato Soup:

Looking for some side dishes to serve with this potato soup recipe?  Here are a few of my faves:

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The BEST Potato Soup Recipe

The BEST Potato Soup!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x

Description

This easy Potato Soup recipe is quick and easy to make on the stovetop, it’s nice and creamy (without using heavy cream), and it’s always so cozy and comforting and delicious.  See notes above for possible variations, including how to make this soup vegetarian.


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Ingredients

  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons (reserved) bacon grease or butter
  • 1 cup diced white or yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups milk, warmed
  • 1.5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • optional toppings: thinly-sliced green onions or chives, extra shredded cheese, extra bacon, sour cream

Instructions

  1. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add diced bacon and cook until crispy, stirring occasionally.  Transfer the bacon to a separate plate, using a slotted spoon, reserving about 3 tablespoons of bacon grease in the stockpot.  (Discard any extra grease, or you can substitute butter in place of the 3 tablespoons of bacon grease.  Also, if you are short on time, you can dice the potatoes and onion while the bacon cooks to save time.)
  2. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.  Stir in the garlic and sauté for an extra 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.  Stir the flour into the mixture and sauté for an additional 1 minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally.  Then stir in the stock until combined, followed by the milk and potatoes.
  3. Continue cooking until the mixture just reaches a simmer, before it begins to boil.  Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft, being sure to stir the soup every few minutes so that the bottom does not burn.  (The smaller you dice your potatoes, the faster your soup will cook.)
  4. Once the potatoes are nice and soft, stir in the cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt, pepper and cooked bacon bits.  Taste and season with extra salt and pepper, if needed.
  5. Serve warm, garnished with desired toppings.  Or, transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Notes

  • Be sure to also check out our Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe too — made easy in the crock pot!
  • This recipe was originally shared here in December 2014.

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953 comments on “Potato Soup”

  1. very good recipe

  2. uhhhhh…1.5 lbs potatoes? That’s like 3 potatoes according to my scale. Naw. This is potato soup. The main ingredient. I did 3 lbs and it was perfect.

  3. Tried it , Amaaazing

  4. Followed the recipe to a T and it turned out perfect! Super hearty, perfect for a cold winter day. Everyone loved it!

  5. I just want to let you how grateful I am that you have put what potatoes you recommend for this soup and an option to double or triple the recipe. I usually just have to guess on that, bc I know some ingredients you don’t want to double. I am making this tonight for my family and can’t wait to try it. Thank you for the recipe!!!

  6. If I could give this recipe ten stars I would! It’s my boyfriend and I’s favourite soup. He asks for it every week! I add some Italian seasoning to it, and some carrots & spinach. As well, I always put lots of cheese in it! It’s a great meal for a university student like myself! You’ll definitely wanna try this one out.

    • The Best Soup!! I use Frozen SouthernStyle Hash browns (small square potatoes…i got at Kroger) and it was Perfect-no cutting potatoes and they were consistent in Size. Real Timesaver.

  7. Made exactly as directed, with chicken stock, sour cream and green onions. So delicious and filling.
    Thank you

  8. This is so good! I didn’t have bacon and it was still great using butter. I did add some celery and carrots instead of onions (because my husband hates them). Used onion powder and two cloves of garlic. The only other thing I did differently was partially purée the soup with my immersion blender once the potatoes were soft. We loved it and I believe it is the best potato soup I’ve ever made! Thank you for this keeper of a recipe!

  9. This was very good! I used seitan “bacon” for Meatless Monday, and it was very tasty. I also used a potato masher to break up the potatoes a bit before adding in the final ingredients. I will make this again, thanks!

  10. Another veggie that would be amazing in this is diced carrots! I went to a steakhouse in Florida once and they had carrots in their potato soup… delicious!

  11. It really is the best I’ve ever made. Years ago I worked on a huge boat that cruised a local lake and the potato soup the chef made tasted just like this recipe- had a little heat to it, and ever since then I’ve craved it. I couldn’t believe it when I found your recipe and made it, my tastebuds rejoiced and I’m hooked!!! It’s just so very good, so thankful to have found it!!!!

  12. I added an entire carton of stock instead of 2 cups and added about 1/2 extra cup of milk. But other than that omg it was soooooo good.

  13. This is my go-to potato soup. We make it at least once a month in the colder months. I have a question. Have you ever tried to keep this warm in a crock pot? I want to take it to a soup and chili supper but I don’t want it to curdle or separate.

  14. The title is very accurate. This is without a doubt the best potato soup I’ve consumed in my lifetime, no exaggeration. It’s better then my Grandmother’s.

  15. I had a some potatoes cut up for mashed potatoes (1.5 lbs, as it turned out), but there was a change of plans for dinner so had to do something with the potatoes and found this recipe. Bacon was in the freezer but have bacon grease in the fridge, so I made it according to directions and it is delicious. The only thing I will do differently next time is use 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of potatoes. Otherwise it was perfect on a cold gray day, even without the bacon. It’s a keeper. 👍👍

  16. this may sound like a stupid question but approximately how many potatoes is 1.5 lbs?

  17. This recipie WAS SO DELICIOUS I COULD NOT STOP COMMENTING ON HOW GOOD IT WAS !! Honestly I used regular russet potatoes that’s what was here and was Great SO MUCH FLAVOR in this soup. My 7 year old absolutely loved it That was a plus and my fiancé said it was now one of his favorites!! Give it a GO. I WISH I would of Made MORE. Thanks Christy

  18. excellent recipe

  19. This is absolutely our FAVORITE potato soup recipe! This is always part of our dinner rotation. I made the mistake of trying another recipe the other day, big mistake! All we kept saying, this recipe is way BETTER. We usually do 4-5 potatoes and double the soup (we like it more soupy than chunky). And add the entire pack of center-cut bacon (since we double the soup). LOVE LOVE this recipe!

  20. This is delicious and adaptable. I fried a slice of ham and added that at the end. I also had some half and half that needed to be used so I substituted that for part of the milk and did not use the sour cream or yogurt. I also increased the recipe by a third. Even with these changes, it was great! My husband said, “This is a good meal!”

  21. Loved this soup! Never made Tater soup before! ha!! Added celery and carrots. I agree with just a little less garlic next time but still very yummy. Used some heavy cream since it needed used up. Omitted sour cream and cheese and it was still great. My husband commented several times how good it was and he never eats soup. So thanks!!

  22. It was Deelishis!

  23. very good soup! but, I won’t use vegetable stock next time,, i’ll stick with chicken.. the veg stock i used was too strong, oniony, and overpowered the soup. Also, I grated carrots into the onion and garlic.
    thanks for the great recipe!

  24. this recipe looks so delicious, are you able to tell how many calories per serving it is?

  25. My husband loves potato soup, any potato soup. He did not see this recipe, nor read the name of it, but he said to me “this is the best potato soup I’ve ever eaten, I think it’s the best potato soup you’ve ever made”. We’ve been married 62 years and I’ve made a LOT of potato soup in that time. It really was delicious. I didn’t have bacon but had some ham so cut it up in small pieces, warmed the ham in the microwave and added it to the soup bowl. I’m so glad I came upon this recipe. I used about 2 1/2 lbs. of potatoes

  26. I’ve made this several times. My husband I love it!!

  27. I am going to make this later today , potatoes soup is one of my favorite soups…..don’t have chicken or vegetable stock so am going to use beef stock I will comment after I make it

  28. When I was a kid my mother use to make big pots of potato soup to feed a husband and six kids. I made this tonight and it really took me back to those days of big pot meals. This was great to make and even greater to eat.👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  29. I’m getting ready to try this and I feel very inclined to add some diced ham. Has anybody else tried it with ham?

    • Best potato soup recipe ever! I had milk and potatoes that needed to be used up, perfect solution. My husband’s favorite soup😊. Have made this many times. Very comforting meal in these uneasy Coronavirus days. Stay safe everyone.

  30. This is the easiest soup I have ever made homemade. What a delicious comfort food, creamy and delicious! I used a 2lb bag of diced frozen potatoes, and a little more bacon. It was done in no time and my husband loved it! Will definitely make again, and highly recommend!

  31. Delicious! I used ham instead of bacon, and used my immersion blender to make it a bit more creamy, while leaving some diced potatoes. I will make this again. Excellent recipe. Thank you:)

  32. Is there a way I can make this soup a day before and reheat it? Or will it not be the same?

    • Hey, there. I’ve often made this soup and eaten the leftovers the next day. I just pop a bowl into the microwave and it is still delicious as ever. Just a little thicker the second day- but I actually like it that way.

  33. This was so easy to make on a cold day and it tasted amazing!

  34. This soup is great, but is beyond great after it sits for a day! It’s thick so I just added a little milk an chicken broth. Bottom line….SUPERB!!!

  35. Could you please include the information on calories and salt content. Sound great and we will be trying this soon.

  36. GREAT RECIPE!

  37. I made it with the garnishes plus I added crumbled bacon to soup itself. I didn’t smash the potatoes.

  38. I used about 3 pounds potatoes. I also used turkey bacon, fried the whole package up and then put 3 Tbsp butter in the pan and scraped the pan to render the turkey bacon flavor since there wasn’t much grease in the pan. I will be putting this recipe in my rotation. Very delicious! Thank you!

  39. I tried this recipe and it is better than advertised! That’s definitely saying something since the title says “The BEST Potato soup”! It’s quick it’s easy and it is SUPER DELICIOUS! Thanks so much to the author and I look forward to using your site for more delicious recipes!

  40. A little spice is needed. The soup was very easy to make, but a little bland.

  41. Thank you so much for this recipe! It was perfect!

  42. How many servings does this recipe make?

  43. It’s my new favourite potato soup recipe! I used it as a guide and adapted it and made a crab chowder last night. Lol It’s truly a no-fail recipe.

  44. This soup is delicious! I have made it many times now, and each with a slight variation sometimes i add chopped leak or small chopped carrots. I also use extra thick bacon for bigger flavour and crunch. Yummy!!

  45. Best potato soup ever, I added 2tbsp of grass fed butter to the bacon grease, onions and garlic. Purées perfectly.

  46. made this soup last night and loved it. i put in more potatoes since i like lots of potatoes and i knew i would use the immersion blender and blend some of the potatoes. I did put a touch of corn starch in and the soup turned out velvety and smooth. great flavor. i think the sour cream was a nice addition and added to the soup being velvety. awesome leftovers too. i also added some celery when i was browning the onion since i like that in my soups.

  47. Delicious soup and the method worked perfectly. I added celery and carrots, and used half potatoes and half cauliflower. My son and I both loved it.

  48. Both my 4 year old daughter and my 40 year old husband used words like ‘ love’ ‘best ever’ ‘ yummy!’’. The funny thing is, I cooked the entire soup without getting to the quantity part…lol. I literally chopped up some bacon, onions, and potatoes on hand. Threw in some broth, etc…
    It’s March 2020 and I’m on Coronavirus shelter in place. This brought lots of joy to a dreary day.
    Oh, I added diced carrots and celery in with the onions. Best soup I’ve ever had!!!

  49. Hello! Will this recipe freeze well?

  50. Best homemade potato soup ever. I added 1/2-1 cup extra chicken broth. Next time, I will try the vegetarian version.